How do stratospheric balloons work? Here’s a visual guide.

How do balloons similar to the Chinese balloon work? How do these balloons fly? Where is China's balloon headed? We put together a visual explainer.

By Derek Hawkins, William Neff and Dylan MoriartyFebruary 4, 2023

In a world of drones and satellites, why use a spy balloon anyway?

Spy balloons may sound old-fashioned, but they actually have several advantages.

By Victoria BissetFebruary 4, 2023

What to know about the suspected Chinese spy balloon

Officials say the balloon, first spotted over Montana, had loitered over the U.S. for an unusual amount of time before being shot down on Saturday.

By Victoria Bisset, Andrew Jeong, Lyric Li, Claire Parker and John HudsonFebruary 4, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: More than 170 freed in prisoner swap; new U.S.-made bombs will double Ukraine’s reach

Ground-launched, small diameter bombs from the United States are expected to double the reach of Ukraine’s current munitions.

By Niha Masih, Ellen Francis, Natalia Abbakumova and Nick ParkerFebruary 4, 2023

Beyond the hopeful pope bubble in South Sudan, scenes of despair

While Pope Francis spoke in a conference hall, people five miles away in Juba IDP Camp 3 didn’t have the means to watch.

By Chico HarlanFebruary 4, 2023

Attacking Vuhledar, Russia previews new push to seize southeast Ukraine

With a surge of strikes on Vuhledar, located where the eastern and southern fronts meet, Russia may be preparing a major offensive to achieve Vladimir Putin's war goals

By Steve Hendrix and Serhii KorolchukFebruary 4, 2023

She lost her partner in the protests. Then her twins. She’s still at it.

In Ayacucho, Peru, the deaths of protesters and official accusations of terrorism are reopening old wounds. The region was brutalized by the Shining Path.

By Samantha SchmidtFebruary 4, 2023

China rushes to cap damage over suspected spy balloon as Blinken delays trip

The incident is a setback to recent Chinese efforts to repair relations with the United States and revive its economy.

By Lily KuoFebruary 4, 2023

‘Guns are everywhere’ in Israel, occupied territories as violence spikes

Illegal arms have flooded into Palestinian communities in recent years. Now, after a spate of shootings, Israel has pledged to issue thousands of new gun permits.

By William Booth and Sufian Taha February 4, 2023

Solomon Perel, Jew who posed as Hitler Youth to survive war, dies at 97

His Holocaust story was dramatized in the 1990 film “Europa Europa.”

By Emily LangerFebruary 3, 2023

Brazil sinks aircraft carrier carrying asbestos, other toxins

One environmental group said sinking the ship would “equate to a state-sponsored environmental crime.”

By Amanda ColettaFebruary 3, 2023

Allan A. Ryan, who hunted down Nazis hiding in America, dies at 77

Mr. Ryan served as director of a Justice Department unit designated to find and expel anyone in the United States who had assisted the Nazis.

By Michael S. RosenwaldFebruary 3, 2023

American killed in Ukraine was working as humanitarian medic

Pete Reed, 33, served as a Marine Corps infantryman in Afghanistan, and then went to work saving lives in Iraq and Ukraine.

By Dan LamotheFebruary 3, 2023

Zelensky urges E.U. to send weapons faster as Russians close grip on Bakhmut

With senior E.U. officials visiting Kyiv, Russian fighters pushed to seize control of Bakhmut and Zelensky said Ukraine would fight as long as it could.

By David L. SternFebruary 3, 2023

Hong Kong offers 500,000 free plane tickets to lure tourists back

The "Hello Hong Kong" campaign will start doling out free plane tickets on March 1, for the airlines Cathay Pacific, HK Express and Hong Kong Airlines.

By Joyce LauFebruary 3, 2023

Ukraine live briefing: E.U. leaders in Kyiv make no promises for membership; U.S. announces $2.17B in aid

Ukraine’s prosecutor general is pressing criminal charges against the head of the Wagner Group, Yevgeniy Prigozhin.

By Andrew Jeong, Ellen Francis, Kate Brady and Claire HealyFebruary 3, 2023

U.S. rocket artillery for Ukraine will double its explosive reach

Ukraine will receive ground-launched, small diameter bombs, which have a range of roughly 95 miles.

By Alex HortonFebruary 3, 2023

Paco Rabanne, fashion designer who distilled ’60s spirit, dies at 88

Mr. Rabanne's designs included the green catsuit worn by Jane Fonda in the 1968 sci-fi cult classic "Barbarella."

By Brian MurphyFebruary 3, 2023

Essential insects in East Asia have declined massively, study finds

Insects that play a key role in East Asia's ecosystems declined sharply over the past two decades, according to new research — a trend also seen elsewhere.

By Meaghan TobinFebruary 3, 2023

Pope Francis tells leaders of troubled South Sudan: Enough!

For a pope who has prioritized outreach, majority-Catholic South Sudan has long represented an ultimate test in the church’s ability to help in nation-building.

By Chico Harlan and Katharine HoureldFebruary 3, 2023